Traditionally Mother’s Day is the time when children want to give something thoughtful to their mothers for all that moms do for us. If you enter the search “thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts,” apparently, there are almost 1.4 million ideas out there, according to a Google search. Who knew? Most are Web sites that are essentially brokers for products that you can purchase online. One Web site was promoting that their list was superior because they had surveyed men. Hmmmm? Of course, the first line of the Web page was announcing the date of Mother’s Day this year. After all, the date varies from year to year, right? True, but I wonder if they knew it is always the second Sunday in May. The second line was a “panic button” for a “specially selected gift for the man who needs overnight delivery.” Hmmmm?
Nonetheless, we want to give something thoughtful to our mothers. What do you get for the woman who wiped the dirt and food smudges off your rosy little cheeks? Who held the already chewed gum so we could run and play with friends? Who wiped our noses and changed our diapers? Who had just the right remedy or surprise in their purse, and cured all our skinned knees and elbows with just a simple kiss? What do you get the woman who loved you without question? The one for whom no “payback” is necessary, possible, or desired? The one who loves her child simply because the child is?
What could we possibly give to the one who loved us as we were formed in her womb? You know what? It doesn’t really matter. Mothers are the ones who continually pour love into our lives (along with advice, corrections, and “I told you so” – because they love us). Perhaps the best thing that we can do is receive that love and acknowledge this is where we learned the divine gift. “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us” (1 John 4:10). And having learned, make her proud by passing love on into the world. “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)
Perhaps the best gift for Mother’s Day is to let your mom know that you understand love. Understand that, from her, you learned to give love to others – as absolute and unconditional as you received from her. It seems to me, that telling your mom this one simple truth is as thoughtful as it gets.